Fabulous Flodqvist seals spectacular Blaze victory
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze ensured they started 2019 with a four-point weekend after a frenetic final three minutes against the Glasgow Clan saw them overturn a three-goal deficit before winning the game 6-5 following a penalty shootout at the Skydome Arena.
Losing 2-5, three goals in 66 seconds from Swedish forward Thom Flodqvist (57.39), David Clements (58.24) and Ben Lake (58.45) saw the game tied at 5-5 at the end of regulation time.
With neither team able to score in overtime, it was left to Flodqvist to secure the victory as the only scorer in the shootout.
The Blaze, who were without long-term injury victims Jake Hansen and Justin Hache, took the lead early in the first period when Flodqvist scored his first goal at the Skydome at 5.13 with a top shelf shot that beat Clan netminder Joel Rumpel. Glasgow equalised through Matt Beca at 13.21 and then took the lead in the final few seconds of the period through Scott Pitt (19.36) after the Blaze turned the puck over.
A lacklustre start to the second period by the Blaze saw the Clan extend their lead through an unassisted goal by Matt Haywood at 25.05 before the home side pulled one back when Luke Ferrara pounced on a rebound and buried the puck in the net at 31.37.
However, with time ticking down at the end of the period the Clan scored again through Guillaume Doucet at 38.18.
The third period saw the Clan extend their lead when Vaclav Stupka scored a breakaway goal at 44.28, and with the Blaze failing to capitalise on a five-on-three advantage as the period reached its midway point it looked like the chance of a comeback had gone.
But Flodqvist’s second goal of the game signalled the start of a furious Blaze comeback and the Swede sealed his man-of-the-match performance, and ensured the Blaze fans went home happy, by netting the only goal in the shootout that followed a scoreless period of overtime.